Tuesday, March 11, 2014

AVL Loom Update: An Aha Moment

My 60" AVL Modular loom
I have listed and re-listed this beautiful loom and even lowered the asking price. I even recently contacted AVL about the possibility of a buyback and got a polite "thanks but no thanks" and advice to try selling it elsewhere. I resisted sending a detailed reply to their advice. I have been trying to sell this loom, on and off, for the past 5 years or so.
As I sat pondering what to do next, I kept thinking in "if only's". If only I had a place to set it up, if only it was smaller, if only...
Then it hit me. If I was prepared to make it into furniture at one point, why couldn't I just make it smaller, say a 36" width instead of 60"? I jumped online and did a bit of research. I found manuals on AVL's website for some of their home looms. Looking through manuals and thinking outside of the box, my conviction grew. Yes I can!
So, I have a summer project! I will resize the loom and restructure my studio. I really do miss weaving. I won't have a lot of time to devote to the fiber arts as painting and fine art takes up the biggest chunk but I have an hour a day I can sew, spin, or weave. I just have to organize and make sure things are easy to get to and I can jump in and out of the fiber projects quickly.
One of the reasons I did so well with this loom, even though I had never woven on a loom when I bought it, is because I love to tinker. I am in for a major tinker on this one! At this point I feel I have nothing to lose.

I plan to start in June and will be posting the progress!



Cindie said...

Good for you - will look forward to hearing about how you size down that AVL - I would think it could be done too. The problem with your loom is that it's so big, not everyone can house it, hard to sell.

R.L. Delight said...

Thanks for the encouragement Cindie! I should mention that looking through your Etsy store not only has me inspired but very much wanting to weave again!

Erica said...

Just in case you decide not to size it down, please let me know. I just stumbled across this today. I am a few minutes outside Portland Oregon, I still need to see of it would fit, but I currently have a 60" Nilus in the space where i would put it.

R.L. Delight said...

Hi Erica! I won't be cutting this down until June. I couldn't find a contact for you other than your blog. Please do contact me if you are interested at r.l.delightfineart (at)gmail.com! I am willing to negotiate! -Renee